Laura Stevenson & the Cans do not have much in common with their Don Giovanni Records labelmates stylistically – the label skews, with bands like The Screaming Females, a heck of a lot noisier. But their performance this night at Music Hall of Williamsburg – in between the Screaming Females and gritty punk outfit For Science – was, like the Females’ (posted here), one of uncompromising quality. It should be noted that Stevenson is not without her punk credentials, either. Prior to going out on her own with the Cans, she was best known as keyboardist for the Long Island punk collective Bomb the Music Industry!, who will be her tourmates for the next few months along with the Felice Brothers, Screaming Females, and others. Her band’s own music is more of the confessional, folk-influenced singer-songwriter variety, and Stevenson executes her vision with a clarity and poise the reminds me of many of the things that have impressed us about other rising songwriters like Sharon Van Etten. Along with songs from her first two records, including last year’s Sit Resist, Stevenson played several new numbers that portend a strong third album in her future. Playing before a weekend punk crowd is hardly an easy task for any musician, but Stevenson did a fairly easy job of winning this crowd over. At age 27, it might not be accurate to say Stevenson is a punk who has “grown up” – but perhaps it’s fair to say hers is grown-up music that punks can appreciate.
We recorded this set in the same manner as the Screaming Females recording, and it is a similarly nicely-balanced recording. Enjoy!
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Laura Stevenson & the Cans
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA
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01 The Healthy One
03 Halloween Pts. 1 & 2
10 A Shine To It
11 Master of Art
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